Now Vogel is lead sponsor of a bill advancing in Virginia’s legislature that would sharply curtail child marriage.
“Our marriage laws in Virginia are not protecting children,” she said.
A similar measure has been introduced in Maryland, and a pending bill in New York goes even further. It would make the state the first to ban marriage altogether for anyone under 18.
Worldwide, child marriage is a reality for millions of girls. Though the practice is most common in developing countries, critics who argue it exposes many girls to emotional and even physical harm say it poses a largely unseen threat in the United States as well."
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